#WednesdayWisdom: It’s OK to stop

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I was chatting with a friend on Twitter (HI!) who is watching that Korean show that everyone is talking about (“everyone,”), The Squid Game. I tried the first episode, and while the first part was interesting, the violence made me turn it off.

She was partially through, and found it disturbing enough she needed a break. I told her I just read an article on how it ended, and she’s considering doing the same. And that got me thinking.

Obviously.

Sometimes we grind though things because we feel some kind of obligation. There may not even be any external pressure, we just feel like we “should.” But while it’s OK for art to be challenging at times, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s also OK for entertainment to be entertaining. Isn’t it what it’s there for?

I’ve done it myself, I used to do it all the time, pushing through books I didn’t like, watching television shows I realized I dreaded sitting down for, shows that left me feeling tense, or uncomfortable.

And I’m not talking about those suspenseful shows that keep you edgy but you want to know, I mean like Housewives who only annoyed me.

We don’t have to sit thought it. We don’t have to sit through any of it. And if you’re curious, there is never a shortage of entertainment writers more than happy to explain in extensive detail every nuance, every twist, and every character.

Have a great Wednesday, and remember your free time is yours.


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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Hurried.

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This will be brief, I used up all my writing time this morning on the update about my mom. It’s tough finding a balance with the distance and the visits and the traffic.

And today, the weather. I think it’s raining.

It’s probably raining.

And I’m running, only not literally. Very figuratively, as I’ll be sitting in a car for an undetermined amount of time. The length of the trip is never predictable and never the same.

Have a great Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#MondayThoughts: Docurecovery

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It’s a gloomy Monday and despite the coffee, I’m not exactly peppy. I’ve been trying to shake myself awake since I woke up.

So far, no luck.

The situation with my mom is very draining, I think it’s claimed all of my energy reserves. And it’s tough to replenish them.

I’ve tried with a few documentary series, like LuLaRich, The Way Down, and 100 Foot Wave. They were all fascinating, at least, I recommend them. Especially the one about surfing, that was really interesting and it had the bonus of gorgeous, gorgeous locations, especially Portugal.

But that’s the way it’s going, try to get some stuff done, visit, wiped out in the evening. I think can safely say there’s no way NaNoWriMo is happening this year.

And that’s it for me today, I hope you have a fantastic Monday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: On starting my own cult.

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I’m thinking a lot about the relationship between religion and money lately, even before starting the documentary series The Way Down on HBOMax. I don’t understand how people can claim to embrace a religion which, as one of its core values, shuns greed and materialism, and turn around and worship these “leaders” who are amassing a fortune.

L. Ron Hubbard once supposedly said “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” I can confirm the first part. I’m vaguely considering the second.

That’s where my mind is today, I guess, deeply mired in the hypocrisy people tell themselves is morality.

At least it’s something else to think about.

Meanwhile, we’ve hit October, if you can believe it, in this year that seems like it barely started. October.

Obviously for me, the last six-plus weeks have been a blur, but I didn’t expect the planet to cooperate. I do think we’re easing into Fall though. Really easing. High of 80 today.

That’s it for me this week, I hope you have a lovely Friday and a marvelous weekend.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Metamorphosis

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Photo by Lukas Rodriguez on Pexels.com

It’s #ThursdayTen time! Using the above image as prompt, write a ten word story.

Exactly ten words.

So so so so easy.

Except when it’s a challenge. Which is basically always.

Ready? Here’s mine:

The tree spirit grew legs, deciding to explore the world.

#WednesdayWisdom: The world keeps turning

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Well it’s Wednesday, which is about the best I can say for it. It’s not it’s fault, it’s mine, I’m probably not at my intellectual best.

Understandably, I’m sure.

It’s another sunny day, another one when it could be 60 degrees or it could be 80 degrees and there’s no real way to know by just looking at it. I could check the weather though.

Modern conveniences.

As I muck onward, weary, uncertain, I’m groping in my empty bag of tricks for something to illuminate your Wednesday, as has become our habit. And I guess what I have today is this:

The earth never stops turning.

I mean if it did, I think it would be a huge problem. Huge. I’m not entirely sure but I suspect, if it suddenly halted, like unseatbelted people in a car that stops moving, we would fly, fly, fly off and perhaps into space.

Perhaps not.

But it doesn’t. Round and round it goes, in this seemingly infinite universe in which our planet is just one in decillions of decillions, spinning around stars so numerous they form almost a solid carpet from our lonely distance.

Maybe the indifference of the universe is upsetting. Maybe it’s a comfort to know our problems are microscopic in the face of all that endless enormity.

Either way, round and round we go.

Have a great Wednesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Anyway…

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First things first, if you’re looking for an update on my mom, you can read it here. The short version is the stress is taking its toll.

Today is sunny, and it might be warm or cooling off for Fall, I’m not really sure. Sitting here, right now, writing, I’m a little chilly.

But I don’t think I’m going to grab my sweatshirt. It seems far.

I’ve got quiet now, but I didn’t earlier, when I was doing the update. Upbeat, loud voices from the hallway as I tried to put this ordeal into words.

Incongruous, to put it mildly.

Lately my sleep has been packed with strange dreams, weird happenings that make sense at the time, but are ludicrous in the light of day. Perhaps that’s to be expected.

Regardless, they leave me unrested. Perhaps that’s also to be expected.

Anyway, that’s it for me this Tuesday. I hope you have a great one.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: A wobble

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Another day, another problem, which I’ll get into in my longer update tomorrow. Nothing so far with this has been easy.

Nothing.

Meanwhile, we’re back to Monday at the very end of September which seems outrageous. All of it is a blur of hospital hallways and the cafeteria and beeps and alarms and complication after complication.

I wouldn’t call it fun.

But it’s pretty today, sunny and warm as though the weather doesn’t care that it’s Fall. There are many things I need to do, that I should have done, but my energy is low at best.

I went to bed before 10 pm last night. I’m not sure it helped.

Anyway, that’s enough of that for a Monday, the last thing you need is demotivation. I hope your week is off to a great start and you have a fabulous day.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Slight change. Well maybe not slight.

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So it’s Friday. My mom was moved to a hospital that also does rehab, we haven’t seen her there yet. We had to wait until she had yet another COVID test.

It’s much further away, so a complicated situation is now more complicated.

Such is life right now.

It’s still chilly here, I think. It was supposed to be warmer today, but I’m not feeling it. Just checked, we’re supposed to go up to the 70s.

So that’s nice.

I don’t have much to say, I’m hanging on by what’s left of my fingernails. I’m sure you know what that’s like.

And I’m sorry you know what that’s like.

And that’s it for me this week. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a truly enjoyable weekend.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Halls

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Photo by Harrison Haines on Pexels.com

It’s ten word story time! Also known as our #ThursdayTen!

Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

You can do it!

If you want to.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Homeship’s timing sucked as usual. Xanthabe still had three finals.